Monthly Archives: May 2011

Gender Designations and Identities

In an effort to try and solve my gender identity crisis, I’ve been doing a little research on different gender categorizations for those who feel that they do not fall into the standard gender binary of male or female. So here are my results: Continue reading

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Coming Out to My Parents and All That Entails

I apologize for posting this so late; it’s just that this weekend has been very busy for me. But anyway, here goes!

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Doesn't it feel great?


Er, correction: I came out to my mom, who then in turn told my dad. But either way my parents know now that I’m gay. And possibly transgender. But whatever.

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Orthodox Jews “Cutting Out” Genders

The White House’s “Situation Room” photograph has inspired (as any photo that is now the most-viewed photograph on Flickr) a number of spoofs, including a photograph of what makes Obama look like he was playing video games when he was observing the operation that led to bin Laden’s death. (There are other examples, too, however, this was by the far the most original.)

Those, however, were done in reasonably good humor. Continue reading

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A Rather Worthy Metaphor: The Boogiemonster

When I came out to my friend, she, being a both caring friend who needed some explanation and a writer who takes would stop at nothing to get a good story, asked what it felt like to be in the closet, gay, possibly transgender (the committee is still out on that one, so stay tuned), and not be able to tell anyone.

At first, I answered that it was lonely, like there was no one else around me to talk to, and that it was dark and scary in the closet — I joked that whenever I tried to move, all of the clothes hanging inside the closet with me made nosies that were freaky and caused me to never move. Continue reading

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Gay (and possibly transgender) in the Orthodox Community: Part I of an an ongoing series

I created The Teen’s Blog only a few days after coming out to one of my closest friends, but no one else. So, to backtrack a little: I first discovered that I was gay (or something like that), when I was around 12 years old, in the typical pre-teenager style (I don’t think that needs any further explanation). At first, I denied it. I wasn’t feeling well that day, I told myself (which was true — I was home sick on the fateful day), I was horny, and I had no idea what I wanted as a 12-year-old.

And so, for almost four years, I rejected  the fact that I was gay, and I didn’t even think about the fact that I might be transgender. Throughout middle school, I went out with girls in an effort to convince myself that I was, indeed, straight, and that my being turned on by watching to gays going at it was a mere fluke — I wasn’t gay, just horny, sick, and confused.  Continue reading

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